Can Anyone Have Dental Implants?

2013 June 10

If you have healthy gums and teeth and sufficient bone then a dental implant could be a suitable treatment option to replace your missing teeth.

However, you will require a dental assessment and we recommend you visit a dentist who is experienced in placing dental implants and knowledgeable enough to provide you with the best advice.

Dental Implants may not be a suitable treatment option for you and your implant dentist may advise against them for the following reasons:

  • If you smoke
  • If your alcohol consumption might interfere with healing of your gums
  • If you have an immuno-compromised immune system due to illness or medications
  • If you clench or grind your teeth in your sleep
  • If you have insufficient bone due to poor gums and periodontal disease

You will not know if you have sufficient bone density to support a dental implant without an assessment by your implant dentist. This might involve an x-ray or a CT scan.

If you don’t have sufficient bone structure, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a dental implant to replace a missing tooth . It may still be possible to create new bone with a sinus augmentation (this procedure is often used for upper teeth at the back of the mouth) or to have a bone grafting procedure where bone tissue from elsewhere is grafted into your jaw ; once integrated this can be utilised to support your dental implant and replace missing teeth

Contact our implant dentist in Derby for more information on dental implants and other dental treatment for missing teeth

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